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Marconi Galaxy

April 27th-28th, 2009
R. Philharmonic Academy, Bologna

Technology, Cultural Models, Myth-making

Isa Topic 2009 - International Interdisciplinary Conference

Monday, April 27th, at the Sala Mozart

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Roberto Grandi, Provost of International Affairs, University of Bologna
Dario Braga, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies - ISA, University of Bologna
Gabriele Falciasecca, President, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation
Franci Giovanna, Director, Centre for Canadian Studies Alfredo Rizzardi, University of Bologna
Daniela Gallingani, Dean, Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Bologna
Keir D. Elam, Chair, Department of Modern Languages, University of Bologna
Dario Ravetti, Art Counsellor, R. Philharmonic Academy, Bologna
Luigi Bruti Liberati, President, Italian Association for Canadian Studies
Martin Stiglio, Director, Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto
Barbara Crow, York University, Toronto

The Marconi Galaxy: introducing the project and the research group

Barbara Valotti, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation
Michael Longford, York University, Toronto
Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna

Guglielmo Marconi: Man, Myth, History, Heritage

Dario Braga, ISA, University of Bologna (chairperson)
Barbara Valotti, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation: Guglielmo Marconi and the Origins of ‘Wireless’: between History and Myth
Seth Feldman, York University, Toronto: Guglielmo Marconi, Canadian
Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University, Montréal: Tales from the Marconi Trail
Michael Longford, York University, Toronto: Fogo Island: Process, Communication and Change

Voices from the Past: Radio, Witnesses, Imagination 

Seth Feldman, York University, Toronto (chairperson)
Chris Brookes, Battery Radio, Toronto: The View from Signal Hill

Music in the Galaxy (Part One)

Loris Azzaroni, President, R. Philharmonic Academy, Bologna (chairperson)
Lelio Camilleri, Conservatory of Music G.B. Martini, Bologna: Sound Transmission: Electro-acoustic Music and Radio 
Riccardo Piacentini, composer & Tiziana Scandaletti, soprano: The Poetic of 'Photo-Sound'

Music in the Galaxy (Part Two)

Duo Alterno (Riccardo Piacentini & Tiziana Scandaletti): From Telescope to Telegraph, to Fotomusica (1609 -1909 -2009)
Concert performance with video-projections, set in Guglielmo Marconi's lounge.
Music by: Francesco Paolo Tosti, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Alfredo Casella, Riccardo Piacentini.
Lyrics by: Luigi Cesana, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Galileo Galilei, Trilussa, Francesco Cimmino.

Tuesday, April 28th, at the Sala Mozart

The Marconi Galaxy: Exploring the Infosphere

Francesco Paresce, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics, National Institute of Astrophysics, Bologna (chairperson)
Gabriele Falciasecca, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation: A Few Steps into the Infosphere
Barbara Crow, York University, Toronto: Retooling for the 21st Century: Digital Citizenship
Sanja Obradovic, York University, Toronto: Archaeology of Radio Technologies and Cultural History of Imagination 
Massimo Temporelli, Museum of Science and Technology, Milan: Exhibiting Actuality: New Museum Models Mediating between Obsolescence and What Is Known 

Marconi Galaxy: Cultural Models, Imaginary, Media

Roberto Grandi, University of Bologna (chairperson)
Marilena Fabbri, Mayor of Sasso Marconi: Guglielmo Marconi and his territory: risks and opportunities in managing an 'overwhelming' brand
Peppino Ortoleva, University of di Torino/Mediasfera Firenze: The Second Marconi Revolution
Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna: Primitives of a New Sensibility: Wireless Imagination from the Radio to the Global Village
Simone Natale, Università di Torino: Magic and Occult Imagination: the Dynamic between Wireless Communication and Telepathy
Maria Cioni, writer, Toronto: The Net Generation and International Education in the Marconi Galaxy

Further Explorations

Conference wrap up and presentation of futures events and research activities

In collaboration with: 
Guglielmo Marconi Foundation; Centre for Canadian Studies Alfredo Rizzardi, University of Bologna; Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna; ISA, University of Bologna; York University, Toronto; Concordia University, Montréal; Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto; National Committee for the Celebration of the Nobel Prize to Marconi; Emilia-Romagna regional authority; University of Turin; National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan; R. Philharmonic Academy Bologna; Research Workshops on the Cities, ISS University of Bologna; ETNP, Acume2; City of Sasso Marconi









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